Rangel Will Try It

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Speculation was out there that good old Charlie Rangel would try it. Not one to disappoint, he has announced publicly that he will introduce legislation to reinstate a draft on Americans when they reach the age of 18. Frankly, I think he's bound and determined to sink the Democrats in 2008 with this bit of lunacy.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.

"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.

Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, said he will propose a measure early next year.

In 2003, he proposed a measure covering people age 18 to 26. This year, he offered a plan to mandate military service for men and women between age 18 and 42; it went nowhere in the Republican-led Congress.

Democrats will control the House and Senate come January because of their victories in the Nov. 7 election.

At a time when some lawmakers are urging the military to send more troops to Iraq, "I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft," said Rangel, who also proposed a draft in January 2003, before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

This country is a long way from needing a draft, Rangel knows it. But if he gets his way, all those college age people in the US will have the Democrats to thank for this. I suspect that they will remember that, too. Polls indicate that 70% of Americans oppose reinstating the draft, by the way.

UPDATE: Others suitably impressed with good old Charlie: Wizbang, Misha, PSoTD, Scared Monkeys, Gateway Pundit, Sweetness and Light,

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15 Responses to Rangel Will Try It

  1. jpe says:

    There isn’t a chance he’ll get his way. It’s just Rangel being Rangel, and no one takes it particularly seriously. It’s kinda like those bills proposing to strip the courts of jurisdiction over establishment clause cases. They’re regularly proposed and just as regularly tabled in committee.

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  5. crosspatch says:

    Maybe he realizes that if the Dems end up pulling out of Iraq they are setting us up for getting hit hard again and we are going to need a draft in a hurry. Oh, and they will blame it all on Bush. In face, I would imaging everything bad that happens for the next century or so will be blamed on Bush.

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  7. Guy says:

    If there was a snowball’s chance that the legislation would ever pass, he would never dare propose it. He’s just makin’ noise….not sure why though.

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  10. WhadditItellya?
    He’s gonna be more fun than a barrel of monkeys writing Shakespeare.

  11. Kathy says:

    Does this mean that our reps’ and senators’ children would have to go to Iraq? Or fight in ANY war? Or that — GULP! — Congress and the Executive Branch would have to stop doing aggressive wars of choice?

    I can understand why it’s dead in the water.

    btw, I like your new design.

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  13. Tom says:

    Please don’t be stupid! The only reason Rangel even brought this up was to generate a dialog where by EVERYBODY in our great country sacrifice something for the vanity war dubya started. He doesn’t want a draft. He simply wants everybody to understand that the War on Terra (accodring to Dubya) will last forever and there needs to be an awareness that someones kids must serve so we can kill the furriners. The thinking is that if donors to the republican party thought maybe their own children will be sent to die in this illegal way, maybe – just maybe, they would re-think their stance on the war. After all, I am for war as long as someone elses kids fight it for me. So please don’t be naive. I give you folks much more credit than that. Is that credit misplaced? I hope not.

  14. Gaius says:

    Rangel knew it would not work. Everyone already knew that. But rather than “start a dialog” his intent was to throw a scare. Pelosi publicly humiliated him today for it, too.

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